Wellington Florida Real Estate News: Chinese Drywall- If You Have Chinese Drywall There May Be Help

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I wrote a detailed post about Chinese Drywall Claims May Get Your Insurance Canceled and since then there have been lawmakers here in Florida and other states plagued with Chinese drywall working on some solutions. 

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development will issue some guidelines for homeowners who have Chinese drywall to follow in order to apply for federal money. Senator Bill Nelson (D) has been one of the supporters of getting relief to homeowners here in Florida. While I don't agree with him on most issues- this is one of the issues that I do feel needs to be addressed by HUD because it was the Federal Government who supports buying products made in China. Since we can't sue the companies in China for sending this horror of a material someone has to be held accountable. The builders and developers who used this drywall have mostly all filed bankruptcy and are no longer in business. The builders that are still here are doing a lot to help the homeowners who are living in homes that they sold that have the chinese drywall. In fact, some builders are paying for the homeowners to temporarily move out of their homes, paying for their expenses and helping them as they remove all the chinese drywall and replace it. 

The HUD secretary came to Florida to see some of the damage we are talking about. It is hard to understand the extent of this awful drywall as it can destroy the plumbing, the foundation and lead to serious health problems. We had one family that was buying one of our short sale listings. They owned one of the homes with the Chinese Drywall. They had two children who were getting sick. It was from the sulfuric gas that the chinese drywall leaks and these poor kids were so sick that they had to move into a hotel until we could get the short sale approved. It was because of the health of these children that WAMU (now Chase) worked very quickly to get the short sale approved so these little children could be in a home again. 

HUD said that homeowners may be able to get help through the Community Development Block Grant program. But the problem, as usual, with government programs, is that that person saying that you may get help from a program doesn't even know if that is truly the case or not. Well, this was not the case because the Block Grant program is for poverty areas and low income people. Most of the home that have the chinese drywall are middle class to high end homes. Most of the people affected are people who are not poor. But the Cbinese drywall can certainly land any middle income earner into the poor house because you have to basically gut your entire house to get at the drywall and underlying problems it causes. 

So now the HUD secretary sent Senator Nelson a letter saying that they are working with the guidelines so that these homeowners can get assistance to repair their homes. 

Here are some photos from the Florida Health Department. The first photo is the black corrosion that is caused by Chinese Drywall the other corrosions are not black and are normal corrosion of copper, wires, etc. Please seek out the advice of a licensed contractor if you suspect your home to contain Chinese drywall. The easiest way to tell is to check the back of piece of drywall. If  it says, MADE IN CHINA- you have Chinese drywall: 

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The Federal Government has received over 2,276 complaints from homeowners and more than two thirds of them are from Florida. I am sure that more are affected that don't even know they are and more still that have not filed complaints.


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Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Thanks for more information on Chinese drywall. I hope that the government will help homeowners who have Chinese drywall in their home.

Dec 13, 2009 02:31 AM #13
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

When it takes years for certain products to be tested and re-tested before they can be available in U.S. markets (prescription drugs come to mind) How is it that this crap was allowed through? Smells like payola

Dec 13, 2009 02:51 AM #14
John Occhi
Mason Real Estate - Temecula, CA
SRES,CPRES.ePRO - Temecula-Murrieta CA Real Estate

My big question is how do you know if you have Chinese drywall?  What if it hasn't failed yet, but remains a ticing time bomb?


Dec 13, 2009 03:17 AM #15
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I have heard of the issue,but not sure of most of the details.  Seems to me if we owe China Billions we should just knocked it done somewhat to pay for the Drywall problems.  What are they gonna do about it stop selling us stuff?

Dec 13, 2009 03:29 AM #16
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

This is so sad, and I hope every homeowner affected gets an expedited and acceptable solution, I know I sure would be looking for one if I were affected.  I read that one test revealed 50% cellulose, which the manufactures say it wouldn't hold up if it has that high of a content. 

Dec 13, 2009 05:02 AM #17
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Katerina,  If we stopped any ship delivering Chinese products and told the Chinese govt to pay for the drywall mess before any more products would be accepted that might get some attention.

Dec 13, 2009 05:12 AM #18
Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC

Katerina ---- I don't think the Chinese dry wall is in the Charleston area -- at least, there has been nothing about it.  This is a terrible situation and I agree with Lenn 100%.

                          Happy Holidays

Dec 13, 2009 05:19 AM #19
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

I don't have much to add, but I knew that this was a post that needed re-blogging in my area.  Thank you.

Dec 13, 2009 12:03 PM #20
Fran Gatti
RE/MAX Integrity - Medford, OR
Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity

I had never heard of this before I read your post (I re-blogged).  I am going to stop buying products from China.  It isn't worth the risk.

Dec 13, 2009 01:48 PM #21
Daniel J. Hunter
REALTOR® - New Port Richey, FL

ditto LENN she nailed it



Dec 13, 2009 03:24 PM #22
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Thank you for the reblogs! I sure do appreciate you guys paying it forward getting the word out to your communities. I will post a blog about the states that were affected. 

Dec 13, 2009 04:10 PM #23
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Lenn- It is downright scary. I heard one person say once, be careful about your home- one day you may come home from work with someone from China living in your home telling you, sorry, we just bought your home- USA owes too much money- we are here to collect. 

You are right on and yes, you did nail it. 

Dec 13, 2009 04:12 PM #24
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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John- you can tell by looking at the back of the drywall and if it says, made in China- it is Chinese drywall. I will post about the states affected and some more photos and the health issues. 

Dec 13, 2009 04:13 PM #25
Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor
Conifer Homes - Fischer, TX
If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow.

The thing about Chinese drywall is, it smells like sweet and sour sauce. It has a lousy record on human rights. It owns a majority of U.S. debt (and therefore it owns the majority of the U.S. itself). 

Oh wait, that's just China in general.

As far as Chinese drywall is concerned, I think people should just be thrilled that it isn't loaded up with lead. (Although I still wouldn't feed it to my kids!)

Dec 13, 2009 04:44 PM #26
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Louisiana has set up a phone number for people to call and report possible toxic drywall.  This is a big problem nationwide not just hurricane prone areas.  China has very poor if any quality controls on just about anything it produces.

Dec 13, 2009 11:24 PM #27
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Alfred Miller is using your blog to advertise, just an FYI.  Plus, when you click on his link, it takes your readers off your site, and dumps it into his.  Check out his "comments" for the day, http://activerain.com/action/blogs/comments/221286 on Active Rain blogs that mention Chinese Drywall. Nothing BUT personal promotion and solicitation.  I deleted his comment.

Dec 16, 2009 07:02 AM #28
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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WoW! They really are spamming my blog! THANKS CARLA! I will flag them now. This is SOOOOO RUDE! 

Dec 22, 2009 01:53 AM #29
Certified Chinese Drywall Testing
Virginia Beach, VA

Chinese drywall is an issue that is growing.  The corrosion typically cited as typical of a home that has Chinese drywall is linked to humidity.  Recently, a very large development in the American Southwest has been identified as containing Chinese drywall.  These homes did not have signs of Chinese drywall.

It is likely that Chinese drywall will continue to show up for years.

Dec 29, 2009 12:47 PM #30


The first Chinese drywall lawsuit begins this month, and here is some good information on this ongoing issue: http://www.chinese-drywall-answers.com/ Among other problems, people living with Chinese drywall have suffered eye, respiratory, and sinus problems that may be linked to the gases emitted from defective Chinese drywall that produce a sulfurous odor and permeates homes, causing metals, including air conditioning coils and even jewelry, to corrode. Some 500 million pounds of Chinese drywall was imported into this country since the late 1990s, impacting about 100,000 homes.


Jan 05, 2010 01:51 AM #31
Josh Robbins
AirMD - Orlando, FL

For those concerned about Chinese Drywall in their home here in Florida feel free to visit our site to learn more about testing.

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